In recent years, law enforcement has demonstrated the need for increased training and new technology, but the cost of this technology is often well beyond what public resources can support. That is where you and the Columbia Police Foundation come in. The Foundation is committed to placing the latest technology and specialized equipment in the hands of Columbia police officers. In doing so, the community will help these officers increase their ability to fight crime and to better serve the community. The Foundation works with Department Administration, the Columbia Police Officers’ Association, and officers to identify specific needs in the Department. We value the partnerships we have established. Through the work of our Community of Supporters, the Foundation was able to provide funding for worthwhile programs in the police department.
The Columbia Police Foundation has raised the funds to purchase, or assist in purchasing, K9 Officers for the Columbia Police Department. K9 Duncan joined the Columbia Police Department with the assistance of the Columbia Police Foundation. Duncan is paired with Officer Kevin Purdy. Duncan is highly trained in tracking, apprehension, and narcotics detection. Duncan has become both a valuable and well loved tool for the Columbia Police Department.
OFFICER DOWN FUND
We are honored to stand ready to assist officers and their families in the event an officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. The Officer Down Fund is used to immediately distribute funds to cover basic needs in the event of line of duty incident. The fund is also used to provide a life insurance policy, at no cost to the officer. The Foundation recently voted to expand this coverage to every full time officer in Boone County, Missouri. Officers of the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, University of Missouri Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Sturgeon Police Department, Hallsville Police Department, and Centralia Police Department are all provided life insurance coverage via the Officer Down Fund.
EMPLOYEE AWARDS CEREMONY
Every year, we recognize the great work and dedication of members of the Columbia Police Department. Awards are given for the Civilian Employee of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, and Molly Suzanne Thomas-Bowden Officer of the Year. The recipients are presented with a plaque and commemorative watch. Promotions, retirements, and other department awards are also recognized.
2018 Award Winners:
Civilian of the Year: Evidence Custodian Maria Logan
Rookie of the Year: Officer Ryan Tarrants
Supervisor of the Year: Sergeant Scott Hedrick (Retired 2018)
Molly S. Thomas-Bowden Officer of the Year: Detective Jon Logan